Become a Fellow (by election)

Fellowship is the pinnacle of RCPCH membership. It recognises practitioners who have completed their specialist training and celebrates their contribution to paediatrics and child health.

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If you’d like to become an RCPCH Examiner or stand for President, you need to become a Fellow first.

If you are working in a substantive, non-training post, and are not on the GMC or IMC specialist register in paediatrics but have achieved distinction you can apply for Fellowship via election.

Examples of distinction include:

  • Several first-named articles in international peer reviewed journals
  • National service development leadership roles, which will be judged on what is thought to be achievable locally
  • Examiner Elect for the College

Please note you will need two scanned signed letters of support from RCPCH Fellows (one proposer must be resident in the UK) to upload with your application.

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Membership subscriptions 2020

Country of residence Annual subscription
UK  £574
Rest of Europe and North America £414
Other countries £264

Benefits

  • Use of FRCPCH designation
  • FRCPCH lapel pin
  • Fellowship certificate
  • Voting rights
  • Representation on Council
  • Regional support
  • Listing on online members' directory
  • Use of the members’ room in RCPCH London office
  • Opportunities to apply for senior College posts, including President and Examiners
  • Exclusive Fellowship events

Resources and communications

  • Subscription to Archives of Disease in Childhood journal (cost to non-members is £475)
  • Milestones, quarterly magazine
  • Monthly members' eBulletin
  • The innovative Paediatric Care Online resource, including the Child Protection Companion
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Professional development

  • Continuing professional development (CPD) tools and advice (£205 to non-members)
  • Revalidation support
  • Reduced fees for the RCPCH Conference and other courses and events.

Application process and requirements

Before applying, please read the membership bye-laws and regulations.

You’ll need to provide two letters of support from current Fellows of the College, at least one of whom must be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland. 

You’ll also need to complete the Fellowship via election distinction form (download below) which provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate how you have contributed to paediatrics and child health. When you have completed the form, you will need to upload it as part of your online application, Examples of evidence of distinction are: 

  • Examiner or Examiner Elect for the College
  • At least three years working in a substantive, non-training post
  • Postgraduate qualification in paediatrics and child health or an allied specialty, eg MRCPCH, PhD, MD
  • Publications on which you are a first-named author on several articles in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Archives of Disease in Childhood - you should list three most important publications in your application
  • National service development leadership roles, such as work on medical campaigns or with medical charities, eg UNICEF, WHO, Red Cross or other major medical charities - you will need to list these in your application
  • Service improvement initiatives
  • Local leadership roles
  • Quality Improvement initiatives
  • Leadership of specialised organisations
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and education work

You can download our guidance for applicants below. 

Contact us

For more information or help, contact us on membership@rcpch.ac.uk.

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